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Was the Hostage Rescue Disproportionate?

The June 8th rescue of four hostages from Gaza was celebrated throughout Israel as joyful family reunions were broadcast throughout the country. Unfortunately, the rescue also resulted in numerous Palestinian casualties. This led to accusations that Israel had used disproportionate force in rescuing the hostages. For example, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it …

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Are Criminal Indictments of Israeli Leaders on the Way?

These last few days the press has been abuzz with rumors that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is on the verge of issuing indictments against Israeli leadership, and that Israel is engaged in furious behind the scenes diplomacy to head this off. Of course no one, including me, knows the exact truth about what’s happening, …

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Why the Red Cross Must Visit the Hostages

              The International Committee of the Red Cross recently had a highly visible role, transporting released hostages out of Gaza in vans displaying plastered with the Red Cross logo and flying their flags. But this has also renewed criticism of the organization, as in spite of their heavy presence in Gaza helping Palestinians this is …

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Human Rights Watch (Finally) Criticizes Palestinians Too

In the Jewish community, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is frequently accused of anti-Israel bias. It’s fair to say that Human Rights Watch is sometimes even disdained. One main reason is the way Human Rights Watch (and other similar organizations as well) cover conflicts such as the recent wars in Gaza. If Israel is accused of …

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What We Can Say when Israel is Accused of War Crimes

Unfortunately, we frequently hear Israel accused of war crimes. On the news, in op-eds, and for that matter in discussions at the gym or supermarket. And there’s certainly no denying the death and destruction that the Israeli military has inflicted on Gaza. When people accuse Israel of war crimes, how can we respond?               For …

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